Fluoride is very important for teeth as it can be absorbed into bones and tooth enamel, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay. It is a safe mineral compound naturally found in water, the air we breathe and many different kinds of foods. Fluoride is one of the most beneficial elements for the developing teeth of children and for maintaining the health of adult teeth.
Many states and territories add fluoride to the water supply, as drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps protect teeth against decay. In a process referred to as remineralisation, fluoride is used to help repairing damage caused by dental decay.
Although fluoride is highly beneficial, in excess quantities, fluoride may cause defects in tooth enamel and permanent stains on teeth. If you use fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water, you should consult with your Dental Pro dentist before taking fluoride supplements.